A friend of mine recently lamented that nearly all of the photos of her son are stored on digital media. Many of us can relate. While putting together an album of your child’s lifetime in one sitting may seem daunting, what about starting a holiday scrapbook album to record your family celebrations? Here’s how.
- Appoint a family historian. Do you have a creative family member? Great choice! If not, draw straws. If you can (literally) cut and paste, you can scrapbook!
- Decide what you’d like to preserve. Photographs, invitations, and even dried leaves from a special Thanksgiving place setting make great items to cluster together. Get creative.
- Spend some time in the scrapbook section of your local craft store to see what appeals – but don’t limit yourself to just those materials. A scrapbook can be as simple as a photo album with pockets or as elaborate and colorful as specialty stickers, elegant paper and pinking shears can make it.
- Dedicate one page per album for a holiday during the year, or devote a whole book to a particular holiday: one album just for Hanukah, one for Thanksgiving.
- Include family members. At Thanksgiving, have everyone write one thing they are thankful for on a turkey “feather.” Paste them onto a turkey drawn in the book. For Christmas, have them write the name of a favorite gift received on a “package” and paste them onto a paper tree, etc.
- Commit to updating your album annually. Spending just a few minutes a year can yield a meaningful record of holidays past.